Despite the rising death toll and the mass hysteria the coronavirus has brought with it, the deadly disease has seemingly brought a little bit of accidental good to the world - It has lowered China's alarmingly high pollution rates.

Keep scrolling to see the astonishing evidence for yourself...

We are currently in the midst of a medical crisis.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

But what exactly is the coronavirus?

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Reuters gave a short guide to what it is exactly... "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.

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"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 3,069 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 89,842 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including here in America, the U.K, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

The United Nations have declared a global emergency.

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The World Health Organization declared the emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...

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And the World Health Organization has warned that it can be spread by simply coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.

Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...

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But despite generous donations made to the cause, they have so far had no luck.

People all around the world are panicking.

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It's a dire situation.

And many are going to extreme lengths to protect themselves.

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People have been spotted donning face masks and various other items of clothing and materials in airports in a desperate bid to avoid the virus.

And last month, the panic peaked when the head of Wuhan Hospital, the city known for being at the center of the crisis, tragically died.

He is the first hospital director to die from contracting the deadly virus.

His death was confirmed by People's Daily, the official newspaper of China's Communist Party.

This is utterly devastating news.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, eighty-eight people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and 2 have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

And for San Francisco, conditions have been deemed as too dire...

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As they have become the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency... Despite not having any confirmed cases of the virus.

San Francisco mayor, London Breed, declared the local emergency on Tuesday.

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“Although there are still zero confirmed cases in San Francisco residents, the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness," she said in a statement.

Declaring an emergency will enable the county to stock up on medical supplies and facilities...

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And will allow nurses and doctors to prepare for a possible influx of patients.

And now, the first case of the virus was officially confirmed in New York.

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo confirmed New York State’s first case of the coronavirus on Sunday, saying that a woman contracted the virus while visiting Iran, and is now back in the city isolated in her home.

He has stressed that the situation is "under control"...

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“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York," Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

But, regardless of his reassurances...

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People residing in the city are descending into mass hysteria.

New York's supermarkets have been swamped by panicked shoppers over the weekend...

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Who, in scenes not unlike zombie apocalypse movies, were frantically stocking up on supplies.

It was truly chaotic scenes.

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Footage from one of the city's Costco's showed people rushing to stock up on toilet roll, bottled water, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizers.

Similar scenes were seen in one of the city's Chinese supermarkets...

As panicked shoppers flushed the store of groceries.

Evidently, the coronavirus has been causing people to suffer from serious panic...

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And many are experiencing anxiety and worry over the impending doom the virus brings with it.

But, believe it or not...

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The coronavirus has actually caused some good... Kind of.

The virus outbreak has seemingly helped the environment...

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By dramatically (and impressively) lowering China's pollution levels.

It sounds ridiculous, but it's true.

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China has long suffered from dangerous levels of pollution, which has resulted in tens of thousands of premature deaths every year.

And, because China has been on lockdown for several weeks now...

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The pollution, that was once at alarmingly high levels, has now subsided dramatically.

Major cities in the country have been left resembling ghost-towns...

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As residents quarantine themselves to their homes in valiant attempts at avoiding the virus.

And now, satellite images have demonstrated this dramatic improvement.

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The photos, which track how much nitrogen dioxide there is in the atmosphere, demonstrate the vast decline in these levels over the time period of 2 months.

And, as you can see, they really do speak for themselves.

Within weeks of the quarantine sanctions taking place, the levels of nitrogen decreased dramatically, leaving the map at a safe and satisfactory color of blue.

For scientists, this pollution drop is a world first.

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“This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event," said Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

But, regardless of the good the virus has done for the environment...

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A cure still needs to be found before it claims the lives of even more people. The coronavirus situation is currently developing, and we will be posting regular updates.